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Hi I'm Brent

I'm an entrepreneur. I'm a student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying Information Systems and I've always had a passion for developing useful software, and particularly building businesses around that software. I love teaching, volunteering, and thinking up new business ideas, many of which make it past the drawing board. Music, singing, making root beer floats, cooking, taking trips, and speaking Czech all fill in the cracks.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I'm a Mormon because of what it means to families. Families are very important to God, and He blesses us very richly when we establish our families on the gospel. Interestingly enough, my ancestors on both sides of my family trace back to the very beginnings of the church, and I've been raised in a very rich, warm environment centered in Jesus Christ and his Gospel. The support that was absolutely tangible at home buoyed me through my childhood and teenage years, and serves as the foundation of happiness, stability, and successes I experience today and will continue to find in the future. The amazing thing about the restored gospel, however, is that it's up to you in the end. No one can live righteously for you, or can choose if you want to be "Mormon" or not. My parents taught me about God and Jesus Christ and how They love us. They taught me how to pray and how to read the scriptures. When it came to my baptism and continued activity in the church, however, I knew it was my decision. I've prayed, studied, and thought about it, and the times in my life where I have relied on the gift of faith my parents gave me have been the sweetest and strongest. I know for myself that the Gospel and this church are true, and even if my parents were to somehow lose their faith, I couldn't.

How I live my faith

I strive to do my best to invite others by my example and actions to experience the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I enjoy. I recently returned from a 2 year mission to the Czech Republic. In the future, I want to bridge the gap between my faith and my business pursuits, to use them as means to help people have unified families, secure future plans and goals, have an optimistic outlook for the future, and to express greater love for each other. It all ultimately leads back to following the example of the Savior, who was a teacher, an exemplar, and a leader. Teaching the Gospel is the most rewarding experiences I've had in my life. In the past I've served on local congregational presidencies, taught in the homes of friends and neighbors, and done service for elderly or part-parent families who needed it.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Brent
The same way we can come to know a parent on earth You talk with them and, if they aren't around, either read about them or ask someone who does know them. We can talk with God when we pray. Being sincere and desiring to make that connection are all it requires. When we are patient, he will answer our prayers and help us recognize those answers. We can read about God in the scriptures. I love the Bible and especially the New Testament, and they teach about who God is from that time and place. The Book of Mormon teaches us about who God is in a similar way, however many of the writings come from men who had unique first-hand experiences with God, and they wrote down their experiences for us. Finally, we can talk to someone who knows him already. I'd recommend a member of the church or a missionary. Just like knowing our parents isn't about facts, it really means very little to say "I have two parents and they're named Dallas and Geneil." It's a fact, but the real meaning in our relationship with our parents and with God is our experiences with them. When we spend time getting to know our Heavenly father, those facts take on meaning for us.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Brent
Nope, and if a member tried to they'd lose church membership. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Brent
In Jesus Christ. Christ is the Son of God and our Savior. When we develop faith in Jesus Christ, we develop a foundation for more understanding about who God is, who we are, and what God's plan is for us here. Obviously having faith in ourselves and in other people is important, too, but fundamentally our faith is best based in Christ. Show more Show less